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Universal Orlando Resort

Take your holiday to the next level at Universal Orlando Resort. With three amazing theme parks - Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, spectacular hotels and more, it’s days and nights of endless fun for every member of the family.


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  • Daily flights to Orlando from across the UK
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Do I need a Visa?

Yes. You'll need to obtain approval no less than 72 hours prior to travel to the US via the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme.

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Stay at any Universal Orlando Resort hotel and you'll have access to our lounge at Universal's Aventura Hotel, exclusive to Virgin Holidays customers. 

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Next-level Adventure: Highlights of Universal Orlando Resort

Hold on tight, you’re in for quite a ride... Visiting Universal Orlando Resort is a full-throttle, blow-your-mind, never-to-be-forgotten holiday like no other. There are three incredible theme parks: jump into the movies at Universal Studios Florida, meet dinosaurs and Super Heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure and hit the waves at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park.

Make the most of your holiday by staying in the thick of the action. From budget-friendly to pure indulgence, there’s a hotel for everyone, all offering guests exclusive benefits. Some, such as the the tropical Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the elegant and refined Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and the laid back and cool Hard Rock Hotel® even include a FREE^ Universal Express Unlimited pass, so you can skip the regular lines at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. (Requires theme park admission).

  • Experience the magic of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™ and Hogsmeade™ linked by the Hogwarts™ Express steam train. (additional restrictions apply). At Islands of Adventure, don't miss Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ a ground-breaking ride which brings you through the familiar corridors of Hogwarts™ castle before you take flight and zoom out onto the Quidditch™ pitch. Or follow in Harry Potter's footsteps through the streets of Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios and travel deep below Gringotts™ bank for a multi-dimensional thrill ride.
  • Join the TRANSFORMERS on a 3-D ride where you get to join Optimus Prime as he saves the planet at Universal Studios Florida.
  • For one of Universal's Islands of Adventure's biggest thrills, strap in to The Incredible Hulk Coaster® which dips and flips like it's being controlled by the Hulk himself.
  • For the first time ever, fly deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest, beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™.
  • Combine thrills and relaxation at Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park where you can experience the power of the Krakatau aqua coaster. 
  •  Have your wand pick you at Ollivanders™ wand shop. No regular shop, aspiring wizards have the chance to experience a rite of passage here: the interactive wands choose their owners.

  • Meet Spider-Man, Captain America and other Super Heroes at Marvel Superhero Island® in Universal's Islands of Adventure. 

  • Freedom fighters, have your cameras ready to engage: this is your chance to meet Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the evil Megatron at Universal Studios Florida.

  • Order a mug of Butterbeer™ at Three Broomsticks™ in Hogsmeade™ at Universal's Islands of Adventure,  a wizarding village near Hogwarts™ castle. Also tuck into Cauldron Cakes, Fizzing Whizzbees and Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans™ at Honeydukes™.
  • Dine on pizza and pasta just like mama used to make at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. This chic retreat looks more like a charming Italian seaside village than a hotel – order a cappuccino on the pretty piazza and stop by the gelateria for a scoop or three.
  • Eat a variety of cuisines  at Universal CityWalk, the always-buzzing nightlife and dining district: Bigfire is where open fire cooking is center-stage, and elevated American fare like steaks are given the fire-kissed treatment. The phenomenon known as Voodoo Doughnut serves more than 50 types of doughnuts daily. No appetite is left unsatisfied. And indulge at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. This steampunk-style diner is like a dessert laboratory, inventing a sweet smorgasbord of sumptuous sundaes, sticky brownies and marvellous milkshakes.
  • Stop by Krusty Burger for a delicious burger, order a Duff beer at Moe’s Tavern, and treat yourself to mouth-wateringly scrumptious donuts at Lard Lad Donuts ... all at Springfield, U.S.A. The recreation of The Simpsons™ hometown at Universal Studios Florida is the perfect place for photo ops. (Must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages with valid photo ID).
  •  See Hogwarts™ castle come to life in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. With dazzling lights and color, The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts™ Castle spectacle (select nights) is a beautiful way to end your day at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

  • Be scared witless at Halloween Horror Nights. Universal Studios goes ghoulish on select nights from mid-September to early November. Make your way through terrifying haunted houses. Face nightmarish creatures on streets twisted into sinister scare zones. Devilishly good!

  • Blue Man Group is part comedy. Part theatre. Part concert. And all amazing. There is a show every day at their theatre in Universal CityWalk.

  • Embrace your inner child and book your Universal holiday at Christmas – which starts in mid-November and lasts into early January.  When the sun goes down, see The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts™ castle light projection show, watch Universal's Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios and see the streets festooned with decorations and fairy lights. 


  • On select nights, don't miss Universal Orlando's Cinematic Celebration, a stunning light and water show which celebrates Universal movies from past and present.
  • Get ready for Florida’s biggest shindig: Universal’s Mardi Gras. For select nights in spring, New Orleans comes to Orlando – expect flamboyant fancy dress, raucous performers and live performers.
  • Catch a gig at Hard Rock Live®. Orlando’s ‘Coliseum of Rock’ at Universal CityWalk hosts some of the hottest acts around, in the coolest venue. To feel like an A-lister yourself, check-in at the hip Hard Rock Hotel®.

With amazing theme parks and endless attractions, holidays at Universal Orlando Resort are sure to thrill and delight. Browse the Universal Orlando Resort hotels today.

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^Requires theme park admission. Valid only at participating rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Excludes separately ticketed events. Park-to-Park admission required to board the Hogwarts™ Express. Benefit valid only for guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.  

Portofino Bay Hotel and Royal Pacific Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Aventura Hotel TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture IV. All rights reserved. Cabana Bay Beach Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture II. All rights reserved. © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture V. UNIVERSAL TM & © Universal Studios. ENDLESS SUMMER registered trademarks, Bruce Brown Films, LLC. All rights reserved. Hard Rock Hotel ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Live ® Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. © 2020 MARVEL. TRANSFORMERS and its logo and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2020 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. © 2020 DreamWorks LLC and Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved. ©2020 Voodoo Doughnut, LLC. The Simpsons TM & © 2020 Fox. © 2020 Blue Man Group Holdings, LLC. All rights Reserved. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & Related Characters © 2020 Macy’s Inc. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2020 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.